Tag Archives: Whitehall Village Board

Village massages budget, will increase taxes 1.78%

The Whitehall Village Board (R-L: David Chaplin, Timothy Watson, Pat Norton, Teresa Austin and Mayor Phil Smith.

By PJ Ferguson “We need to figure out how to cut some money as usual,” said Whitehall Mayor Phil Smith. Initially over budget by about $477,000, the village board was scrambling to make cuts in time for the deadline to hold a public hearing on a tentative budget by April 15. As of Monday, they […]

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N. Williams may stay closed

The Whitehall Village Board (R-L: David Chaplin, Timothy Watson, Pat Norton, Teresa Austin and Mayor Phil Smith.

By PJ Ferguson The section of North Williams Street that has been closed since September due to the damaged canal wall could be closed for the entirety of this year. After a conversation with several engineers, Mayor Phil Smith said he believes the situation is a “good candidate” for a $300,000 grant, similar to the […]

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Whitehall fiscal health ‘good’

The Whitehall Village Board (R-L: David Chaplin, Timothy Watson, Pat Norton, Teresa Austin and Mayor Phil Smith.

By PJ Ferguson The village of Whitehall is in good fiscal health, according to the annual fiscal stress report by the New York State Comptroller’s Office. While Whitehall’s fiscal score saw a slight uptick from last year’s 3.3 points to this year’s five, both scores are substantially below the 45-point threshhold for susceptible fiscal stress. […]

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Village DPW curtails staffing

Whitehall Municipal Center.

By PJ Ferguson The village of Whitehall is limiting its Department of Public Works from eight to four employees until April 2 because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The workers will conduct pump station, water and sewage checks daily before heading home, according to Deputy Mayor Pat Norton. All employees will still receive their paychecks […]

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Faulty canal wall poses danger

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By PJ Ferguson The failing canal wall situation that has closed North Williams Street indefinitely is not getting better anytime soon. “I view this as an emergency situation,” declared Mayor Phil Smith. A damning engineering report by the New York State Canal Corporation recommended that the section of the wall be completely replaced before the […]

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Village board resolves non-issue with Busty’s

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By PJ Ferguson The September meeting of the Whitehall Village Board led to some confusion between the board and Busty’s Brew and BBQ owner Joe Kelly and its property owner Jared Mowatt. After receiving a permit from the village, Kelley recently filled in the land behind Busty’s that resulted in a violation of code. Or […]

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Former mayor calls out mayor, trustees for illegal meeting

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By Matthew Saari   During a moment of “happenstance,” a former Whitehall mayor accused the current administration of holding an illegal meeting. Former mayor Ken Bartholomew wrote a letter to the village board detailing the experience, which Mayor Phil Smith read – and responded to – during last week’s board meeting. “While at the Whitehall […]

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Community argues against abolishing police to cut costs

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By Matthew Saari Whitehall village residents have spoken – they want their police department. More than 50 people turned out for a public hearing regarding the future of the Whitehall Police Department – so many that village officials moved the hearing to the Whitehall courtroom to accommodate everyone. Village and town residents were joined by […]

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Price is $1: Village agrees to sell land to fire company

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By Matthew Saari After eight months of sometimes-heated discussions, the village of Whitehall and the Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company are burying the proverbial hatchet. For one dollar, the village has agreed to sell the fire company the land that its firehouse sits on. “Me and the mayor had a pretty good sit-down, I thought,” said […]

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Brooks resigns from fire company

WVFC Fire House

By Matthew Saari The Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company may have just lost their president. Mayor Phil Smith opened Tuesday’s village trustee meeting with a public comments section, at which time fire president Brian Brooks Sr. took the floor. Brooks brought before the board his concerns over the ongoing subdivision of the parcel on which the […]

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Supervisors change county budget officer

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By PJ Ferguson This morning’s special Washington County Board of Supervisors meeting was wrapped in under 10 minutes, however, with […]

Obituary: Gladys M. Monger

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West Pawlet, VT – Gladys Monger, 90 years old, passed away on May 25, 2020. She was born in Granville, […]

Obituary: Ruth A. Beckett

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Ruth A. Beckett, 93, went to be with the Lord on May 21, 2020. She is survived by a daughter, Joan […]

State budget shortfalls will have minimal impact on village, town

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By Matthew Saari While public schools across the state sweat and ponder how much state money they will receive for […]

Canal to open – but not here, Lock 12 shut down till August

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By PJ Ferguson The New York State Canal Corporation is targeting to open all locks along the Champlain Canal on […]

Boat memorial restored

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By PJ Ferguson Members of American Legion Post 83 helped to rebuild the boat memorial that stands on the corner […]

Tax deadline extended for village residents

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By Matthew Saari Residents of the village of Granville will have an additional three weeks to submit their annual property […]

Village OK sought for power line; hearing on June 16

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By PJ Ferguson   A new project could bring in excess of $200,000 in additional property taxes per year to […]

Amanda Peet plays housewife turned murderer

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By Barb Oates One of the most important things about a divorce is learning to pick your battles. For Betty […]

Ask Matt: Why is ‘celebrity’ so overused in show titles?

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By Matt Roush Question: It’s tiring to see the use of “star” and “celebrity” in show titles. I clicked on […]

Obituary: Amy R. Phipps

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Amy R. Phipps 73, passed away at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield Illinois on Tuesday April 28, 2020. Amy was […]

Obituary: James Eli McKeighan

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Rupert-James Eli McKeighan, 89, of Rupert, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. […]

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